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State of the ARC #6 What Even Happened, I Just Published #5!

So, uh… Time flies. I’m sorry to say I have not peeked into my #ARCsAnonymous group even ONCE this month. Too busy! But that doesn’t mean that we won’t be doing State of the ARC. Nope, that’s a must.

~ For Those Who Are New To The Meme ~

Anyone is free to participate in this meme! If you want to, just link up anytime during this month and refer to this page as to the rules of what to put in your post and how to link up. The next State of the ARC post is going to be on February 26th (cause Feb is a short month!), so if you can’t make this one, mark it down!

~ My Current State of the ARC ~

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So! As it seems, I have finally taken care of almost all of those books that I had read and not reviewed! NetGalley is also getting so much better, and Edelweiss is totally not due, and clean and happy. However, January seems to be a month when I had a significant review request dump from authors contacting me, and it seems I can’t say no? Those are all due pretty much RIGHT NOW, so they’re not doing wonders for my stats. Oh well!

~ Bricks Knocked Down ~

It seems this month wasn’t bad after all! I read 4 ARCs – two of them were old overdue ones (yay!), and two were current 2018 ones. Not so bad, considering this month I was concentrating on backlist books! I also seem to have reviewed 3 of them, and only one still remains, because I read it early and it’s not due for like two months yet. Good results!

These are 3 of the books – the fourth one was so terrible that there’s no way I’m giving it any space on this post! Actually, House of Shadows was pretty bad too in one regard (and you can read about why in my Goodreads review), but more like problematic, than outright bad that the book we’re not going to mention. Meanwhile. The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock and Rosie Colored Glasses were really nice books and I can recommend them both. Read the review for The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock here and as for Rosie Colored Glasses, I will be reviewing it in February, closer to when it comes out.

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock House of Shadows Rosie Colored Glasses

~ Let’s Get Motivated! ~

The Girl: Marilyn Monroe, The Seven Year Itch, and the Birth of an Unlikely Feminist

I am reading The Girl: Marilyn Monroe, The Seven Year Itch, and the Birth of an Unlikely Feministwhich I’ll admit isn’t coming out till May, but I just couldn’t resist starting it right after I snagged it off NetGalley! It’s a very good book too (not to talk of the #coverlove!) I know I have always admired Marilyn Monroe and felt like there’s more to her personality than we could glean from her most popular films, and this book presents exactly this side of her. It’s about how despite being a sex symbol, Marilyn was a feminist and fought for her (and other women’s) rights in the incredibly sexist world of the 1950’s Hollywood scene. Some pleasant surprises in this book include facts about Marilyn that make me happy I have always felt inspired by her – she was no dumb blonde, unlike most of the unfortunate roles she was cast – she was an avid bookworm, preferred high-brow literature and was very honest and even shy. You can’t help but adore this woman’s charm when you read about how she was always underestimated, labeled and misjudged. I can truly recommend this book!

That’s my ARC January! What has yours been like? Any good ARCs snagged? And did you make a dent in your numbers? I’ll be waiting for your links!




I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.

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Stephanie Jane
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Oh my, this does look organised! I haven’t actually counted up how many ARC books I’ve got. It would probably be too scary, although I am ahead of time for my reviews at the moment – I think. Might just try this post idea myself …

Stephanie Jane
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Good news and bad news!
Good: I’ve done my own State of the ARC and linked above
Bad: I discovered 5 unread ARCs that are now embarrassingly long overdue
So a useful exercise anyway 🙂

Sarah
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Hello Stephanie, fancy meeting you here!

Stephanie Jane
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Small world 😉

Sarah
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Right?? What’re the odds? And then I was trying to think back on how we stumbled across one another’s blogs to begin with and I could not remember! Was it from Goodreads? Or a Top Ten Tuesday? It’s been a while!

Sarah
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Oh, I meant Stephanie – I was trying to remember how she and I first stumbled across one another’s blogs 🙂

Sarah
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No worries 🙂

shesgoingbookcrazy
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Great job with still getting stuff DONE admist all of your busyness! Your commitment to this and your groups is commendable! I’ll have my post up this evening.

Sim @Flipping Through the Pages
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Nice progress It is good that atleast your Edelweiss is organized. That Maryln book definitely looks great. I might check that out.
I’ll post mine next month Not as better as yours but definitely my status is good as conpared to last month

JJ @ This Dark Material
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Congrats on finishing four ARCs! That’s outstanding Evelina 🙂 My ARC numbers actually changed right after posting my own State of the ARC Thankfully it’s a title that won’t come out until June, so I don’t have to worry about it…yet!

Andreea
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YES! I also adore Marilyn and I like how the dumb blonde was just an act that lots of people fail to spot what is behind it. I am excited to start this book to, but I am trying to get through some ARCs that will be published soon. I decided to join the State of the ARC too and plan to publish my post this week – hopefully. You made me quite curious about the really bad one… probably not your intention but I cannot help it! This month I read a lot of children’s books and a lot… Read more »
Sarah
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I’m so happy to be here – if there is one thing I definitely need, it is to keep better track of my ARCs! Happy Reading all!

Adele
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I have so many overdue ARC’s I still have to read, it’s insane. Every single time I think about *just* how many, I get so overwhelmed. ^^; — I wanted to start doing the State of the ARC’s this year but I don’t think I’ll be doing a January one. At least until I get my long, way overdue books read.

Great post! I love seeing these monthly posts from you. 🙂

Susy
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I am late to the party, but I’ve joined you in this wonderful meme! I love it and I think it would help me keep track of all the ARCs and reviews that are overdue… I’m not too good with them, but I really try to do better, from now on! At least now I have more motivation, yay!
So, thank you <3

Laura Thomas
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I made myself take a good look at my ARCs and actually got some of the overdue ones done. Now, if I stay away from Netgalley and Edelweiss, I can get to the rest. Yeah, right! LOL

Anne Clarence
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I still have no idea how you made that graph (it’s so cool). And I don’t want to stress you out too much, but that is a LOT of overdue ARCs XD. I will never take as many ARCs as you are taking right now because there will be no way that I’ll have enough time. You’re such a good blogger *sobs*

Lara @ Words With Lara
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Wahooo! I love reading this posts, and it definitely looks like you’re making good progress! I don’t think I got any ARCs this month… (which is probably a good thing because I’ve been pretty busy), but I do know that some are on the way so that’s pretty exciting!

Sophie @ Blame Chocolate
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Congrats on knocking down those bricks! I still have trouble with my ARCs/requests but I hope to start managing them as well as you seem to 🙂 You are now my number one inspiration hahaha <3

Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra
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Sounds like you’re making steady progress on your ARCs. I love it when I have the time to finish up a few old overdue ones.

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books
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It sounds like you are doing well. It is all about small steps. I thought I did really good for the month of January but I just checked my numbers and I am only down 1 book. I had 111 NetGalley books at the beginning of the year and 110 now. I did go up a percentage point so that is something.

Anna @ The Bibliotaph
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I love this idea and I’m so proud of you for tackling so many ARCs this month! That’s better than I do most months…

Yvo @ It's All About Books
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Sounds like pretty good progress to me! I love your stats.

Tina
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I just linked up my State Of The ARC. I could definitely use the motivation to catch up on some of the ARCs that are embarrassingly overdue.

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H.P.
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My scheduled post is finally up. As you can see, I am doing better these days.

Lashaan Balasingam
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You’ve got sooooo many Netgalley books! And you also tend to read so many great books, so I can already imagine a lot of those unread ones are great ones too! Happy reading, Evelina! 🙂

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